ECRI Guidelines Trust

ECRI Guidelines Trust is now available online and provided by the ECRI Institute which was the contractor for the National Guideline Clearinghouse. ECRI Guidelines Trust is freely available and requires users to sign up for free ECRI account in order to use the resource.
ECRI uses similar criteria as the National Guideline Clearinghouse to determine which documents to include.  Guidelines in ECRI Guidelines Trust must meet the first three criteria to be be linked and must meet all four criteria in order to be fully listed and assessed via a TRUST Scorecard: 
  1. Available in English and published within the last 5 years as well as available online (free or fee).
  2. Contain recommendations to guide patient care.
  3. Developed by a medical specialty association, professional society, or clinical practice guideline development organization.
  4. Reflect a systematic review of evidence with transparency regarding the methodology including search strategy, study selection, and evidence analysis.
The TRUST Scorecard  assesses the guideline based on criteria published in the Institute of Medicine’s (now the  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) report Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust.  The TRUST Scorecard provides a snapshot assessment of the guideline as seen in this example:
Create a free account to access ECRI Guidelines Trust.  If you have questions or need assistance in identifying guidelines, please ask us or contact Laura Abate (
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Himmelfarb Hours: Jan 13-14

img_1084Due to inclement weather, Himmelfarb Library will close at midnight on Sunday, January 13 and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 14.

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Get Fit in 2019: Body and Brain


Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb’s January calendar of events offers you options to exercise your body and to expand your brain beyond the health sciences!  Use the calendar to learn about events like the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo, as well as free and reduced price Kennedy Center performances and museums.  Exercise and creative activities are both great ways to use different capacities of your brain which can help you focus better on your studies!

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Board or course study? Himmelfarb has question banks!

questionsHimmelfarb Library provides access to multiple question banks to support your study for USMLE exams or to help you master material in your regular coursework.  These question banks generally require that you create a free personal account within Himmelfarb Library’s account.  Your personal account will let you create your own sets of questions/quizzes and will help you track your progress on specific topics.

Includes:   Practice questions with answers to prepared for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. Customization features allow users to select topic coverage and number of questions and to annotate exam questions/answers.
To use:  Create free personal account. 

If you have questions, please contact Laura Abate (
Image citation: Youngson, N. (No date). Questions. Available from Alpha Stock Images –
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(Happy) Holiday Hours!

treelightsHimmelfarb Library‘s Holiday Hours:

Friday, December 21, 2018 Closing at midnight
Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, December 23, 2018 9:00am – 6:00pm
Monday, December 24, 2018 Closed
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Closed
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Closed
Thursday, December 27, 2018 Closed
Friday, December 28, 2018 Closed
Saturday, December 29, 2018 Closed
Sunday, December 30, 2018 Closed
Monday, December 31, 2018 Closed
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Closed
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Opening at 7:30am

We’ll be back in the new year and look forward to working with you.  Happy New Year!


Image citation: Mr.TinDC. (2010). Office Holiday Trees. Retrieved from:

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Discovery – Translation Acceleration – Community Engagement

ctsiLetters of Intent for the CTSI-CN pilot awards are due on January 4, 2019 and you can apply now via the online application!

The CTSI-CN offers pilot awards once per year in three distinct pilot programs:

Research supported through this mechanism should provide critical preliminary data to support an extramural research application within two years of the completion of this award.

For more information please visit

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The 12 cranial nerves (of Christmas)?

CranialnervesHow do you learn?

Do you know the twelve cranial nerves (of Christmas)?

A recent article in Anatomical Sciences Education explores how mnemonics and rhymes can be an important learning strategy.  Read the article to learn more about how mnemonics and rhyme relate to learning processes and neuroanatomy.  And, watch the video to learn the twelve cranial nerves of Christmas:


Image citation: Lynch, P.J. (2011). Brain human normal inferior view with labels.  Retrieved from:
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